Therapeutic Jurisprudence Law and Legal Definition

Therapeutic jurisprudence is the study of the effects of law and the legal system on the behavior, emotions, and mental health of people. It is a multidisciplinary examination of how law and mental health interact. According to this branch of jurisprudence, the processes used by courts, judicial officers, lawyers and other justice system personnel can impede, promote or be neutral in relation to outcomes connected with participant wellbeing such as respect for the justice system and the law, offender rehabilitation and addressing issues underlying legal disputes. Therapeutic jurisprudence was developed in the late 1980s by Professors David Wexler and Bruce Winick as an academic approach to mental-health law.